FAQ

Who are the Barrys?

Carolyn K. and Richard F. Barry III are Norfolk natives and the founders of the Museum, which was their gift to Old Dominion University. You can read more about the Museum’s history on our History & Mission Page.

Is the Museum part of ODU?

The Barry Art Museum is an independent non-profit foundation called The Old Dominion University Museum Foundation.

What kind of objects are in your collection?

The Museum has four areas of collecting focus: contemporary international sculpture in glass, American modernist paintings, marine paintings, and historical dolls and automata.

How long does it take to tour the Museum?

The Museum can be toured in an hour with a brisk walk, but we encourage you to stay longer and enjoy the works of art on view.

Do you have wheelchairs? Elevators?

The Museum has two wheelchairs available for visitors – please call ahead to reserve, if you know that you will require one for your visit. The Museum also has an elevator.

Is there a gift shop or a café? Where can I get food nearby?

The Museum does not have a gift shop or a café, but you can purchase exhibition catalogs and museum merchandise online. Several restaurants are within walking distance on Monarch Way.

Is the upstairs space open to the public? What parts of the Museum are open to the public?

The entire Museum is open to the public, with the exception of the administrative offices.

Can you see student artwork at the Museum?

The Museum displays works of art by artists with a proven exhibition record. Student work can regularly be seen at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries on Monarch Way.

Are there public tours available?

The Museum is offering special tours of the collection and changing exhibitions. Due to COVID-19, we have shifted to a virtual platform for tours, for more information, please visit our Tours Page.

How often do exhibitions change? What exhibitions are next and how will I know about them?

The Museum is featuring two special exhibitions per year, one in the fall and one in the spring semester. You can view our latest exhibitions on our Exhibitions Page.

Can you appraise this piece of artwork?

Museum staff is not permitted by law to provide appraisals of value. If you want to consult a museum expert to identify an object, please call ahead and make an appointment. It is best to send an electronic image in advance. We discourage visitors from bringing works of art into the Museum.

Do you have to pay an admission fee?

The Museum is FREE and open to the public. The Museum reserves the right to charge an admission fee for events and special exhibitions.

How long have you been open?

The Museum has been open since November 2018.

Is photography permitted in the Museum?

Yes, you may take photographs for personal use. Please consult our Photography Page for our policy on commercial photography.